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JUL-AUG 2017

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T 2 0 1 7 GROUP TRAVEL LE ADER T H E Courtesy Hilton Head Tourism Courtesy Hilton Head Tourism Courtesy Myrtle Beach Area CVB Courtesy Charleston Area CVB CHARLESTON'S GIBBES MUSEUM OF ART A GULLAH SWEETGRASS BASKET Y BASKET A GULLAH SWEETGRASS groups can arrange sweet-grass-weaving demonstra- tions and classes that are led by seventh-generation basket weavers, who share some of the heritage of the art form, brought to the Carolina low country by enslaved Africans. For another take on local culture, plan a stop at the Bluffton Oyster Company, the last hand-shucking oyster house in the state. During oyster season, visi- tors can see the day's catch being unloaded at the dock and watch women shuck oysters. The company also sells fresh shrimp, mussels, clams, scallops and other seafood brought in by local fishermen. "Adjacent to the Bluffton Oyster Company is the Garvin House," Clark said. "That's a restored home that was one of the first freed-slave homes along the May River. It's been beautifully restored and gives an interesting glimpse into that history." Mitchellville, a town on the mainland near Hilton Head, also offers African-American heritage tours. M Y R T L E B E A C H One of the most popular vacation destinations in South Carolina, Myrtle Beach attracts groups with its abundance of well-developed attractions, shopping complexes and evening entertainment. If your groups want to find other fun during the day, though, there's history, wine, beer and distinctive local shopping to be found throughout the Grand Strand area. Among the most interesting stops is Pawleys Island, where Huntington Beach State Park has more than six miles of flat trails through lush terrain. It also features Atalaya, a fascinating historic site. "Atalaya is what we refer to as a Moorish castle," said Sandy Haines, group tour sales manager at the Myrtle Beach Area Convention and Visitors Bureau. "It's where Anna Huntington lived. She is the artist who created the sculptures at Brookgreen Gardens. You can take a tour through the castle. There's a good bit of history there." For a relaxing afternoon break, consider a visit to New South Brewing in Myrtle Beach. Groups get free tours of the microbrewery, where they can learn about beer-making and sample some of the company's prod- ucts. In nearby Little River, La Belle Amie Vineyard offers wine tours, as well as the opportunity to try different wines in the tasting room or enjoy a glass in a rocking chair on the porch, with live music in the background. If the shoppers in your group get tired of the large retail complexes in Myrtle Beach, consider taking them to some more-distinctive stores. Little River Mini Mall has 25,000 square feet of antiques, collectibles, Courtesy Hilton Head Tourism Courtesy Hilton Head Tourism THE COASTAL DISCOVERY MUSEUM IN HILTON HEAD HUNTINGTON BEACH STATE PARK NEAR MYRTLE BEACH

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